Trade As Turkey’s EU Anchor

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Series Details December 2017
Publication Date 13/12/2017
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Having reached in 2017 a dead end on Turkey’s path of EU accession for the time being, Ankara and Brussels have instead invested their hopes in an upgraded Customs Union. Revamping this trade arrangement would unlock numerous economic benefits for both sides by further liberalising trade between Turkey and the EU.

Yet this initiative was now under threat as a group of EU members led by Germany have formally opposed any new trade deal with Turkey. The author argued that these countries should reconsider their position, because blocking the renewal of this trade deal would all but eliminate the most feasible means of encouraging rules-based governance in Ankara and maintaining EU engagement with Turkey.

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